So many useful comments. I am very sure that an adrenal issue is at play, as Coleman and flying doctor describe it.
Actualy, I don't suffer a lot of stress in daily life, and I do live quite healthy, no smoking, fresh food, no coffee, no sugars, etc. Despite my easy going and quite healthy life, I do recognize the hormone imbalance as Coleman says.
Adrenal remains high at night, it always takes me about 7 to 8 nights (of extremely poor sleep) to get this problem reversed and sleep back normal again.
Being a kite addict, I am even considering to sell my stuff, to me kiting is a gift of the devil. One good session means 1 week of very poor sleep. If I don't kite or bike intensively, I sleep as a rose, really frustrating. If I go kiting I realize every time, that I will be punished for it. I have a very young kid and a lovely wife, they don't get much affection when I'm zombieing around for a week.
So in the end, even when you're addicted, you give up or at least consider giving up.
I am really wondering whether adrenal problems can be solved on 1-2 years with naturopath supplements, as my lifestyle is really healthy already...
Anyway I reallly want to give it a try, cause having to give up sports in my life sounds depressing. So all these comments gave me some hope. Again, thanks for all this help, it was the right place to share my problem for sure. Thanks guys !!!!!
coleman wrote:i have seen stuff like this before in my acupuncture practice. Usually there is a hormone issue at play here with the adrenal/pituitary axis being the primary culprit.
functioning normally the adrenals should fire up early in the morning upon waking, secreting higher levels of cortisol and in the evening adrenal output should be at its lowest.
in our modern society the adrenals are often on overdrive due to stress, caffeine, sugar, food allergies, etc and over time they become depleted. at this point it is common for the adrenal output to become reversed.....low in the morning and high at night.
i suspect that you may have crossed a threshold with your hormone imbalance. meaning, you likely have had some adrenal fatigue previous to you having this sleep problem. this would mean that you may have already had higher adrenal out put at night, but now when coupled with intense workouts/kiting/biking your adrenal output remains high throughout the evening making it impossible for you to fall asleep.
i would recommend you find a good naturopath to work with. get a adrenal stress profile done. its a saliva test and it charts cortisol levels throughout the day. with the right supplements and lifestyle modifications you can expect about 1-2 years before this thing will turn around. there are no quick fixes with changing adrenal function unfortunately.